I do not know what to call this dessert. It’s one of those recipes you get from a friend of a friend at a party and you can’t believe how easy it is, the ingredients so simple that you don’t really need to write them down to remember.
My boys referred to this as “the pink stuff,” so let’s go with that. And even though Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, the pink stuff sounds more appetizing than the gray stuff anyway.
This dessert will feed a crowd and only takes minutes to put together. It’s basically fat free, with the exception of the COOL WHIP in it, though you could easily sub in the fat free variety if you wanted to.
The only drawback to this dessert is that it’s not gorgeous looking. More of a comfort food, picnic style, feed a crowd thing than one you want to take photos of. But it’s an easy, delicious dessert, and hey, not everything can be photogenic. Though if you wanted, you could use some whipped cream and sliced strawberries to place on top of it to make it look a little prettier when you’re presenting it.
Here’s what you need:
- 2 cups boiling water
- Angel food cake
- Large strawberry jello (6oz)
- Container of frozen sliced strawberries, in liquid (you’re looking for the tub, not the bag- I used a 23oz container, but this isn’t an exact thing so anything close would be fine)
- Small container COOL WHIP (8oz)
Optional: (I didn’t use these but you could if you wanted a prettier presentation)
- Sliced strawberries
- Boil the 2 cups of water. You can remember this measurement for later by remembering that you’ll only be using half the amount of liquid that the jello directions will tell you to.
- While you’re waiting for the water to boil, cut up the angel food cake into about 1 inch cubes. This doesn’t need to be exact- I tore my pieces instead of cut.
- Place half the pieces in bottom of a large bowl (think trifle bowl or something similar).
- Once water is boiling, stir in jello until dissolved.
- Immediately stir in frozen container of sliced strawberries until well combined(will defrost quickly in the jello)
- Stir in the COOL WHIP until combined.
- Pour half the mixture (about 5 cups, if you’re not great at eyeballing this) over the angel food cake cubes in the bowl. If the mixture isn’t completely covering the cubes, push the cubes down.
- Add the rest of the angel food cake cubes, topping with the rest of the mixture, again pushing down any pieces not covered.
- Refrigerate for a few hours (at least 3-4) and serve.
- If you’re trying to make this look a little prettier, you can top with the whip cream and sliced strawberries.
Tip: this should be eaten within the first day or two of making it- it does start to get a little mushy after that. Still good enough that my kids would eat it, but not at its best.